The Choice – Nicholas Sparks

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Nicholas Sparks turns his unrivaled talents to a new tale about love found and lost, and the choices we hope we’ll never have to make.

Travis Parker has everything a man could want: a good job, loyal friends, even a waterfront home in small-town North Carolina. In full pursuit of the good life – boating, swimming , and regular barbecues with his good-natured buddies — he holds the vague conviction that a serious relationship with a woman would only cramp his style. That is, until Gabby Holland moves in next door. Spanning the eventful years of young love, marriage and family, THE CHOICE ultimately confronts us with the most heartwrenching question of all: how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?

My review

Reading one of Nicholas Sparks’ books feels like coming home. He is one of my favourite romance writers. I like being able to read a book that I know will be an easy read.

Straight away I found Travis’ character loveable. His friends seem like a great group of people who enjoy spending time with their families. Travis also takes time out to have fun with his friends’ children when they visit. Although he is not in a serious relationship, he appears to have what it takes to be a good Dad. He is also the type of person who realises how important it is to stop and take notice of the little things in life.

Travis soon takes notice of his new neighbour and takes time to welcome her to the neighbourhood. Gabby has moved in next door to Travis and she soon requires help with her dog, Molly. Travis and Gabby both share a love of dogs. They get to know each other in a short amount of time. Gabby is in a relationship and must make a decision as to whether Travis will be a neighbour and friend, or will he offer Gabby the future she longs for?

Nicholas Sparks has a way with romance, in particular the characters’ connection. Although Travis is confident, he respectful and a romantic.

Part Two of the novel kept me on edge, wondering about the outcome and whether love would in fact conquer all. The message to never give up on a loved one rang loud and clear.

The writing was enjoyable and this was an easy read. I was happy to read a novel that took me to a romantic setting, near the water and in a place where love is most important.